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There has been talk of turning Brian K. Vaughn’s Eisner Award-winning comic series “Y: The Last Man”, about a world where a mysterious plague kills every organism with a Y chromosome except one man and his pet monkey, into a film for some time. DJ Caruso (“Disturbia”, “The Salton Sea”) was attached to direct, with Shia LeBeouf rumored to be interested in playing the lead, Yorrick, but there has been little momentum on the project, and heated debate whether to try to present the whole story (comprised of 10 full-length graphic novels) as a single film or as a trilogy.
Recent rumors hinted that “Clash of the Titans” director Louis Leterrier is interested in taking on the project. MTV caught up with Leterrier, who also directed the first two “Transporter” films, and asked him about the reports.
“I’m surprised that it hasn’t gotten made yet,” Leterrier told MTV News. “The first time I read it, I was in France and doing my little movies, and I didn’t think I would ever have access to these kinds of movies. Midway through “Clash of the Titans,” I was like, ‘What’s going on with “Y: The Last Man”?’ I called one of the producers and asked what was going on, and he said it was available. I said, ‘Let’s go!'”
This just confirms that Leterrier is in fact interested, but the adaptation is still mired in a seemingly unending back and forth as to how best present it. Leterrier weighed in on this topic as well.
“I like the idea of a TV show,” he continued. “You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don’t need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn’t make you feel like as soon as it’s projected, it’s thrown away. It’s really a piece of art.”
With the critical and popular success of AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead”, the television option might gain some traction. This would be my preferred method of adapting “Y: The Last Man”. Even spread across three films, there are so many great characters and story arcs in the comic that would have to be lost in the translation. I’ve said this many times before, but an hour-long weekly series seems like the best fit for the medium.
While this news doesn’t mean that “Y: The Last Man” is any closer to actually beginning production, or even moving forward at all, but it does go to show that people are still interested in the property.